Recruiting is a very fickle thing, especially in the moments leading up to national signing day. As such, the Bears are increasing their focus on a few uncommitted prospects, as they look to close out their 2016 recruiting class strong.
One prospect that has seen the attention pick up from the Bears, is Scout 3* and Duncanville standout DT Marcel Southall.
Last week, Southall welcomed Baylor defensive line coach Chris Achuff in to his home for an in-home visit. With Baylor losing Andrew Billings to the NFL Draft, and several others along the line either going to the draft or graduating, Baylor will need to add at least one more signee along the defensive line to make up for the losses.
Southall was in Austin, TX, on an official visit to the University of Texas, but with the Longhorns in on several defensive tackle prospects, it remains to be seen how strong the interest from the Longhorns is in to the 6'3, 270 lb tackle. After leaving Austin early Sunday, Southall and his parents stopped by the Baylor campus, on their way back to home, to check in with the staff. It was an unexpected visit, but one that the Baylor coaches were probably happy to get.
We caught up with Marcel's father, to get an update on that visit. The elder Southall stated that they had a great meeting with the coaching staff. "We enjoyed stopping by and talking with the coaching staff. We were very pleased with Baylor and my son likes the chance to come in and have a opportunity to play early."
With only a couple of weeks left before signing day, Baylor will try to get Southall in for an official visit to see if they can secure a commitment from the talented prospect. "They are supposed to get back with us this week to talk about an in-home visit or an official visit," Mr. Southall said.
What Does Southall Bring To The Table?
Southall is a big kid who played defensive end at Duncanville. He is a player who can shed blocks well and plays with a high motor. His athleticism and agility makes him a versatile player along the line, and one that you can play at multiple positions on the line. Southall does possess the ability to come in and play early.
Bringing Southall in to the fold, would give Baylor 3 very talented prospects at the defensive tackle position. Along with Bravvion Roy and Jeremy Faulk, Southall would provide depth and talent that would likely match or be better than any combination of tackles Baylor has had.
Scout.com Midlands Regional Recruiting Analyst, Gabe Brooks, spoke with Annabel Stephan on the type of impact that Southall would have on the Baylor defense.